Saint Denis of Paris

detail of a stained glass window of Saint Denis of Paris; date and artist unknown; cemetery chaple of the Croix-Bouessée, Piré-sur-Seiche, Ille-et-Villaine, France; photographed on 13 December 2013 by François GOGLINS; swiped from Wikimedia Commons; click for source imageAlso known as

  • Denis of France
  • Dennis of…
  • Denys of…
  • Dionysius of…



Missionary to Paris, France. First Bishop of Paris. His success roused the ire of local pagans, and he was imprisoned by Roman governor. Martyred in the persecutions of Valerius with Saint Rusticus and Saint Eleutherius. Legends have grown up around his torture and death, including one that has his body carrying his severed head some distance from his execution site. Saint Genevieve built a basilica over his grave. His feast was added to the Roman Calendar in 1568 by Pope Saint Pius V, though it had been celebrated since 800. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.





  • beheaded bishop carrying his severed head – the head sometimes wears its mitre, and there is often a vine growing over his neck
  • city
  • furnace

MLA Citation

  • “Saint Denis of Paris“. CatholicSaints.Info. 6 November 2015. Web. 2 December 2015. <>